Photo Credit: Chad GriffithLakrsLaker \Lakers Star Nick Young has a lot on his plate. When the Los Angeles Lakers player isn’t hanging at home with pop star girlfriend Iggy Azalea or overseeing his two-year-old son Nick Young Jr.’s burgeoning modeling career, he’s giving back. The 29-year-old shooting guard/small forward is a philanthropic fixture in his local community, Robertson Park, has partnered with the non-profit Get Schooled, is active with the Lakers Foundation and also supports the charities of his professional athlete friends, such as the JaVale Mcgee #JUGLIFE Foundation and the Harold and Carole Pump Foundation. “I like to give back to the community I was raised in; it means a lot to me,” he says. “I try to give back every chance I can get.” Charitable efforts aside, Young tries to be as authentic as possible on a daily basis and goes to great lengths to stay true to himself and keep it real. “I never want to be that athlete that will turn away a fan; I never want to get to that point where I’m rude. I stay cool,” he maintains. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a man who declares that his nickname — Swaggy P — was given to him in a dream by God…who also told him that he’d change the world. See how Young rises to the occasion and lives that dream right here.
8 A.M. First I get my bowl of cereal — Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Trix — and then I go to my office and check out what’s going on in the word on the Internet for 20 to 30 minutes. I then go back upstairs, put my shorts on, brush my teeth, and wake up Iggy.
9 A.M. I go to practice and deal with traffic: the 405 coming from the Valley is no joke. I get my music ready and turn it up in my car; I’m prepared to be stuck in traffic for 40 minutes on the way to El Segundo [where I practice].
10 A.M. I get to practice, which starts at 11 a.m., and warm up.
11 A.M. –– 1 p.m. I chat with some of my teammates, like Kobe [Bryant], Steve [Nash], Jordan [Hill] — he’s my man — Xavier [Henry], and Wesley [Johnson] before and after practice.
To see more of Nick Young’s day as well as other great Los Angeles-related content, head to our Los Angeles October-November 2014 issue.